PSG boss breaks his silence on Adrien Rabiots future

first_imgNew Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel would like to keep a hold on Adrien Rabiot, but admits that it is something that is completely out of his controlThe French midfielder has under 12 months left on his contract at the Parc Des Prices and has been heavily linked with Barcelona this summer.But the interest from the La Liga champions appears to have cooled with Ernesto Valverde’s side in need of a new midfield option now after the departures of club legend Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.While Juventus have emerged as another possible destination for Rabiot and are reportedly prepared to wait until next summer to sign the highly-rated 23-year-old.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Of course, I would love to see him stay. Everyone has seen his potential and there’s room for improvement,” said Tuchel, according to Calcio Mercato.“When it comes to his contractual situation, it’s he who has the last word. It’s all up to him, he could stay and adapt to our style or leave the club to start a new experience,” Tuchel concluded.Juventus have recently signed a new midfielder in Emre Can on a free transfer from Liverpool and will likely be prepared to wait for Rabiot as a free agent after spending €112m on the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.last_img read more

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Maybe our best start in the last few years Lloris

first_imgAccording to the France national team captain and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper, his team is playing football very wellTottenham Hotspur is currently sitting in the fourth position of the English Premier League with 27 points.The Spurs is just 5 points away from leader Manchester City.And for France national team and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, this might be the best start in the last couple of years.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“At the moment in the league, we are in a good position. It is maybe one of our best starts of the last few years,” he told Goal.“We are in a good position and we need to carry on in the same way and try to improve the way we play.”“We are still competitive and we will be ready for top four challenge,” he added.last_img read more

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Nuno Espirito is happy after a surprising victory

first_imgThe Wolverhampton Wanderers manager guided his club to a surprising win over Tottenham Hotspur and the coach is delightedWolverhampton Wanderers surprisingly defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 today.And for manager Nuno Espirito this is a moment of happiness, although he’s surprised.“The second half was really, really good. We managed possession, had chances and goals,” he said according to Four Four Two.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We had a lot of belief after the equalizer, I would have said a draw was a good result, but I cannot control the emotions of the boys if they see space in front of them.”“It is good for the dressing room but to play like this at Wembley – the home of football – is the big thing,” he commented.“We have achieved something very special in getting to the Premier League and it has been a very special year.”last_img read more

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Hoban believes he can still be an EPL player

first_imgThe 25-year-old English defender believes he has what it takes to play in England’s highest football level.Tommie Hoban started his professional career in 2011 with Watford.There, he scored two goals in 54 appearances as a defender.He was loaned to Wealdstone in 2012, then to Blackburn Rovers in the 2016-2017 season.His latest loan cames this summer, as he joined Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.But the 25-year-old believes he has what it takes to play in England’s highest football level.“Unfortunately for me it’s been one thing after another,” he tells The42.“You do get to a point where you have to ask yourself if you can go back to it again.”“I was devastated, to be honest,” he says.“You try to stay as positive as you can, but when so much time in your career is going to waste it does get hard to keep your spirits up. If you get too down it can become a negative cycle which can be really hard to get out of.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“When the injury happened, my son was a few weeks away from being born, so you’re starting to think about his future as well. ‘How many more times can I go through this?’ — that’s what you’re asking yourself,” he added.“I had already been looking into a few other things, doing some extra studying outside of football just to prepare for the worst-case scenario if it ever got to that stage.”“My dad has a business in financial advising and it’s something I’ve always had an interest in,” he recalled.“It’s hard to explain, but even when you get back to fitness, you’ve missed so much football that your body doesn’t feel the same as it did before. You have to make a lot of adjustments. Your recovery takes longer and that can take a bit of getting used to.”“Obviously it has been great to be back playing recently,” said the Watford loanee.“I feel fit now but I still have issues sometimes with pain. I’ve had to take tablets before and after games. That can all take a toll on you. But being part of a winning team, as I have been in the last few weeks, is a feeling that not many things can come close to.”…I know the club will bounce back to where they belong soon and I wish all the players, staff and fans all the best for the future!— Tommie Hoban (@tommiehoban05) May 7, 2017last_img read more

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Marco Silva keen on building Everton momentum

first_imgAhead of their trip to Southampton on Saturday, Everton manager Marco Silva has stressed on the need to build on their consecutive victories against Lincoln and Bournemouth.After losing two Premier League games in a row, the Toffees got back to winning ways with a 2-1 home victory against Lincoln City in the FA Cup third round.Eight days later, Everton followed it up with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth at Goodison Park.As they prepare to travel to St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton on Saturday, Silva is intent on building momentum on the back those victories.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was our goal against Bournemouth to turn the home results back in our favor and win again with our fans,” Silva told the club’s website.“It was not just three points, we had to win again. We were together and fighting and were strong and focussed at the end.“It was really important, now we want to keep this momentum.”last_img read more

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City audit confirms more employees opting to leave than retire

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A report from the City Auditor’s office shows San Diego does a poor job of keeping high performing employees, and is not effective in punishing poor performing employees. These, and other factors are costing taxpayers about 39 million dollars annually. The problems center around recruitment, employee development, and career advancement. 431 managers, supervisors and 40 percent of city workers were surveyed. The report found the number of retirements or other separations intersected in 2016, and now more employees are leaving than retiring. 30% of respondents felt the city was not effective in retaining workers but did a much better job in recruitment and career advancement- but it got low marks for not punishing workers who were performing poorly. KUSI’s Steve Bosh has more: Steve Bosh Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 Steve Bosh, City audit confirms, more employees opting to leave than retirelast_img read more

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Walker Debate On This Years Dividend Should Be Settled

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee has proposed paying Alaskans a $1,600 check from the oil-wealth fund this year. The House recommended the same. Walker says he supports that amount and that it should no longer be an issue as lawmakers seek to finish their work with the end of the 90-day session approaching. He took issue, however, with a Senate subcommittee’s denial of some of his public safety funding requests. Senate Finance is working on its version of the budget.center_img He says a final budget, at minimum, should provide added funding tor Alaska State Troopers to travel to rural communities, pilots to fly troopers to those communities and support staff for troopers, among other things. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker says debate over this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend should be considered settled.last_img read more

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Tuesday Update Swan Lake Crews Slowly Demobilizing

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is approximately 102,027 acres in size with 72% of the planned objectives accomplished.  Fire crews continued making progress completing fire suppression objectives and no substantial growth has occurred on the fire in three days. The remaining 341 crew members on the fire are working to identify areas to stop the fire spread to the east towards Cooper Landing and secure the Sterling Highway. They are continuing to scout, monitor, and work hot spots in the area above Upper Jean Lake, where able to do so safely. The Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 25, at 6pm, at the Cooper Landing School. Mark Struble with the Incident Command Team: “On the fire we are holding steady, there has been no real forward movement on the last for the last 60-75 hours. Most of that danger is passing so they are starting to demobilize. Some helicopters and engines are being sent to other areas of the state.” Since fire growth potential remains, given the current hot and dry weather conditions, firefighters will continue to monitor hot-spots from the air and ground while mopping-up and repairing miles of fireline.center_img Incident command staff will be on hand to provide fire information and will share the strategies and tactics being used to protect critical infrastructure throughout the community of Cooper Landing. Struble: “There will be fire officials, and local agencies there to answer questions about what is next. You look out at these blackened landscapes and what is the plan to mitigate what has happened here over the last 6 weeks with this burn.”  All interested residents are welcome to attend and ask questions about this incident and the continued efforts being made to protect the community and critical infrastructure.last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 4 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At WPI

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — The following local residents were among 1,598 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the spring 2019 semester:Zachary Abbott is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in civil engineering.Michael Gake is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in industrial engineering and professional writing.David Robie is a member of the class of 2021 majoring in aerospace engineering.Bridget Sullivan is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in mechanical engineering.The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A-level in courses and projects.“WPI’s academic programs are rigorous and require a level of independence beyond what is required in traditional courses. WPI students go beyond the classroom to work on open-ended problems in and for communities around the world. The problems are important and the impact is real,” said dean of undergraduate studies Arthur C. Heinricher. “Some of this nation’s best and brightest students come to WPI to study engineering and science and business and the humanities. Those named to the Dean’s List have excelled in all of their work, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students.”About Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.(NOTE: The above announcement is from WPI via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 2 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”last_img read more

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Probiotics may improve cognition in Alzheimers patients

first_imgA daily dose of probiotics – live bacteria and yeasts – that are well-known to be good for the digestive system, can also help improve cognitive functioning in people with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have found.Probiotics are known to give partial protection against certain infectious diarrhoeas, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, eczema, allergies, colds, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. Probiotics may boost cognition, as there is continuous two-way communication between the intestinal microflora, the gastrointestinal tract, and the brain through the nervous system, the immune system, and hormones (along the so-called “microbiota-gut-brain axis”), the researchers said.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn mice, probiotics were found to improve learning and memory as well as reduce anxiety, depression- and OCD-like symptoms, however, there is very limited evidence of any cognitive benefits in humans, the study noted.However, in the clinical trial on a total of 52 women and men with Alzheimer’s between 60 and 95 years of age, the researchers found that a daily dose of probiotic Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacteria taken over a period of just 12 weeks could yield a moderate but significant improvement in the score of elderly Alzheimer’s patients on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scale — a standard measure of cognitive impairment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“In a previous study, we showed that probiotic treatment improves the impaired spatial learning and memory in diabetic rats, but this is the first time that probiotic supplementation has been shown to benefit cognition in cognitively impaired humans,” said Mahmoud Salami, Professor at the University of Kashan in Iran.“These findings indicate that change in the metabolic adjustments might be a mechanism by which probiotics affect Alzheimer’s and possibly other neurological disorders,” Salami added. The study is published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.last_img read more

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Air transport key to the growth of tourism in Kenya

first_imgTourism is one of the main sources of income for many of the world’s developing countries and for Kenya, one of Africa’s leading tourism destinations, it is the country’s second-largest source of foreign exchange.In 2016, tourism contributed over Sh100 billion in foreign exchange income, a 17.8% growth over 2015. The sector contributed over 13.5% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), directly supporting an estimated 250,000 jobs and an additional 350,000 indirectly.International visitor arrivals grew from 752,000 in 2015 to 877,600 in 2016, a 16.7% growth and in the first four months of 2017 they grew to 292,100 from 264,700 in 2016, a 10.3% growth.Presently, Kenya is serviced from the key long-haul source markets by five international full-service airlines flying directly from their hub to Nairobi. The country’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ) services directly seven long-haul international source markets, along with a handful of European charter carriers that fly directly into Mombasa.In comparison, South Africa (SA), which is also a long-haul tourism destination, is serviced by 16 international full-service airlines that fly directly to the country from their respective hubs. Their national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), services directly nine long-haul international tourism source markets. In 2016, SA reported having received 2.5 million international visitors.Therefore, air transport is a key component in the tourism industry and in particular for a long-haul destination like Kenya.In 2016, the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) appointed an international consultancy firm to work on the development of air transport growth strategy for Kenya that resulted in visitor arrivals growing significantly between 2015 and 2016, although there is an opportunity for more growth from all markets, including Africa.Long-haul flights are important for visitor arrival numbers, as witnessed in South Africa, which is why the country is looking forward to the introduction of direct flights between Kenya and USA.last_img read more

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Disabled activists halted traffic around Westminst

first_imgDisabled activists halted traffic around Westminster three times in a protest against further government austerity measures, just as Tory chancellor George Osborne was delivering a budget that will slash billions of pounds from disabled people’s support.The #Balls2TheBudget protests began in Whitehall shortly before 11am yesterday (Wednesday) with activists from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – and supporters from other grassroots protest groups, such as WinVisible, Black Dissidents, London Latinxs, Occupy and Global Women’s Strike – halting traffic.On a signal, they pelted the gates outside Downing Street with plastic balls, on which they had written anti-austerity messages.Andy Greene, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, told fellow protesters: “There is no mandate for austerity, there is no justifying the cuts.“We want to deliver our messages, and these balls, right down the heart of the British government.“We want to deliver them right down Downing Street, to make sure that [Osborne’s] budget is scarred with our messages, that his budget isn’t the only narrative today, that we are the people, that we will have our say.“We will, whether they like it or not, keep coming back and keep resisting.”The protest moved on to Westminster Bridge, near where DPAC had hung a huge #Balls2TheBudget banner on the bank of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament.After retrieving the banner, they spread it across the road, forcing police to close the bridge – which overlooks parliament – to traffic for about an hour.Protesters then moved to Parliament Square, directly outside the Houses of Parliament, where they blocked three key road junctions and brought traffic to a halt.Robert Punton, one of the DPAC activists who took part in the protest, said: “We gridlocked the three intersections, which knackered up the centre of London, which got them really nervous.”Police officers persuaded some protesters to move from the road but others refused, and four of them – three men, including Greene, and a woman – were arrested for highway obstruction and taken to a West End police station.Some DPAC activists also attended a short parliamentary debate on the impact of the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).DPAC’s latest direct action protest came only two weeks after they came close to forcing their way into the main debating chamber of the House of Commons during prime minister’s questions, in a last-ditch protest against the ILF closure.Punton said yesterday’s protest had been a “brilliant action that got the point over. I think we achieved what we set out to do, and probably more.“The aim was to highlight that this was not a budget of the people, but a budget for the bankers and a budget for the millionaires.”He said the hope now was to build on the protest of two weeks ago and the latest actions, and use them to shake potential supporters out of their apathy.Punton said: “It’s now about building on what we did two weeks ago and what we did yesterday, and bringing the more apathetic population along with us.“The slogan by the end of yesterday was, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Doing something positive rather than talking about it.“We are trying to increase the number of people who get involved, because we can’t do this on our own.“The result of this prolonged attack on disability is that people are trying to camouflage their disability, rather than being proud of being disabled. We are looking for disabled people to redefine themselves once again as disabled people.”He added: “We were highlighting what was obvious to everybody, that we are again the groups that are paying for austerity.“It is people like us who are paying the bill, not just financially but socially, such as with our involvement in our community.”Punton said he believed police had only made the arrests because protesters from the mainstream grassroots group The People’s Assembly began turning up for their own Parliament Square protest.Punton said: “That’s when the police thought, ‘Let’s put an end to this, because it could really get out of hand.’ They had to quash it.”Picture by Kate Belgrave, www.katebelgrave.comlast_img read more

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Mainstream arts organisations have a mountain to

first_imgMainstream arts organisations have “a mountain to climb” to ensure they have an acceptable proportion of disabled directors, artists and staff, according to leading disability arts figures.They spoke out after new figures showed a new Arts Council England (ACE) programme to improve diversity in the industry had made little headway in its first year when it came to disability.ACE released figures this week showing the progress made since it launched its Creative Case for Diversity last December.Although there was some improvement in black and minority ethnic (BAME) representation in arts organisations, figures for Deaf and disabled people were “largely static”.Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of ACE, speaking at an event in Birmingham, said the survey showed there were now “slightly more staff, fractionally fewer managers, and discernibly fewer board members” who identified as disabled.The figures show that, among its national partner organisations (NPOs) – the larger organisations funded by ACE – the proportion of the workforce who were disabled rose from 1.8 per cent to just 2.0 per cent from 2013-14 to 2014-15.The proportion of disabled artistic staff rose from 1.4 per cent to 1.9 per cent over the year, but representation on NPO boards dropped from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent, while ACE itself has no disabled board members, although more than 11 per cent of its managers are disabled.Among the museums receiving major funding from ACE, the proportion of managers who were disabled plunged from 8.3 per cent to 4.1 per cent, while disabled artistic staff fell from 7.4 to 4.5 per cent.The number of performances made accessible to audience members who were deaf or blind increased from 3,066 to 3,760, while the number of accessible exhibitions increased from 6,941 to 8,054.And ACE’s Grants for the Arts programme saw 168 disabled applicants secure funding of more than £2.8 million in 2014-15, compared with 124 successful disabled applicants being awarded funding of £1.74 million in 2013-14.Tony Heaton (pictured), chief executive of Shape Arts, said the poor progress reflected the lack of investment in disability arts.He said it was “woeful” that just two per cent of the NPO workforce were disabled, particularly when the government was making desperate attempts to force more disabled people into work.Heaton also pointed to the proportion of disabled NPO directors, at just 3.2 per cent, a fall since 2013-14, while ACE itself had no disabled board members.He said: “The people who affect change are the people who have power. What we can see is very few disabled people who are in positions of power and influence and who can change things.”He called for a much more collaborative working relationship between the disability arts sector and ACE, and a more “intensive level of investment”.Heaton said: “They need to fund real disabled-led organisations to do stuff for disabled people because they routinely fail to really invest in the disability-led organisations they have got.”He compared the level of funding received by disabled-led organisations with the “substantial amount of public funds” handed to opera and orchestras, which have “a mountain to climb in terms of addressing issues around diversity”.Heaton also called for a much more social model approach to improving the representation of disabled people in the arts, addressing the physical and attitudinal barriers they face in the sector.But he praised the work and intentions of Sir Peter, and said: “I genuinely think Peter Bazalgette wants Arts Council England and the arts community to be much more diverse.”Ruth Gould, artistic director of DaDaFest, who spoke at the ACE Birmingham event, said there was “a pressing need for more disabled people in influential positions”, while she was “disappointed about the lack of disabled people at board level across the sector”.But she said: “We do appreciate the Creative Case focus and know that ACE is trying to influence change, which we really support.“However, ultimately the most impact will be from internal transformation and ACE and its funded organisations need to embed this change to truly learn to reflect the wider public within their governance, leadership and workforce.“Disabled people on average represent over 20 per cent of the population and the current representation is nowhere near where it should be, so we have a long way to go to truly demonstrate inclusion.”Dr Ju Gosling, artistic director of the disability arts, culture and human rights organisation Together! 2012, said it was “clear that disabled people have very little influence still at a senior level in the arts”.And she said the overall figures “disguise the fact that attitudes to disabled people vary wildly between sectors, with significant progress having been made in the live music industry, not least due to the long-term efforts of Attitude is Everything”.But she said that gender discrimination was “rife” in the live music industry, so she was pleased that ACE was “taking an increasingly joined-up approach to diversity”.She said: “Non-disabled women and BAME artists and arts workers are not prepared to put up with the patronising, charitable approach to equality that disabled people have experienced for far too long, while gender and race discrimination impacts equally on disabled and non-disabled artists and arts workers alike.”She also said that some “caution” was needed with figures showing an increase in accessible performances, exhibitions and screenings, as the “understanding of what makes a performance or exhibition accessible is still very limited, particularly among curators and programmers”.Gosling said she was also concerned at the “growing tendency to prioritise white, middle-class audiences when showcasing the work of disabled and other diverse artists”.But she said: “I do believe that the Arts Council has a genuine commitment to increasing diversity, and will watch their efforts over the next year with interest.”Sir Peter announced four new funds designed to advance diversity, worth a total of £8.5 million.They include a £2.1 million fund to develop diverse-led organisations; £2.6 million to help address the lack of diversity in arts leadership; and another £1.8 million to support the development and commissioning of new work by deaf and disabled artists, through the Unlimited programme, which was originally launched as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.last_img read more

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CocaCola Is Betting Big on a New Kind of Milk That Costs

first_img Image credit: fair life via Youtube Next Article Coca-Cola Is Betting Big on a New Kind of Milk That Costs Twice as Much as Regular Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Introducing fairlife purely nutritious milk! Hayley Peterson November 25, 2014 Coca-Cola is launching a new kind of milk nationwide that the company says will “rain money.”The product is called Fairlife and it will sell for twice the price of regular milk when it hits store shelves nationally in December, Coca-Cola’s North American chief Sandy Douglas said at Morgan Stanley’s Global Consumer Conference last week.”It’s basically the premiumisation of milk,” Douglas said.The milk doesn’t contain lactose, and it has 50% more protein and calcium than regular milk, as well as 30% less sugar. Click to Enlarge+These are some of the advertisements for Fairlife milk.Fairlife is “a milk that’s premiumised and tastes better and we’ll charge twice as much for it as the milk we’re used to buying in a jug,” Douglas said, according to a transcript of his remarks. The milk is made on a sustainable dairy farm with “fully sustainable high-care processes with animals” and “has a proprietary milk filtering process,” he said. “The test markets have been amazing, and we’ve created a joint venture with a bunch of dairy farmers who are innovative leaders in the dairy industry.”This is the beginning of a long-term investment in the dairy business for Coca-Cola.”We’re going to be investing in the milk business for a while to build the brand so it won’t rain money in the early couple of years,” Douglas said. “But like Simply [orange juice], when you do it well it rains money later.”Coca-Cola’s investment comes at a tough time for the milk industry. Fluid milk sales have been declining for the past four decades. This story originally appeared on Business Insider Product Innovation Add to Queue 2 min read –shareslast_img read more

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Visa to Acquire Rambus Payments Portfolio

first_imgVisa to Acquire Rambus Payments Portfolio Business WireJune 25, 2019, 8:43 pmJune 25, 2019 account tokenization technologyBell IDMarketing Technology Newsnetwork tokenizationNewsVisa Previous ArticleUK Organisations Leaders in Adopting Business AutomationNext ArticleAlibaba’s 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival Breaks Records Across China Visa Will Expand Enhanced Security Benefits of Tokenization Beyond Visa Cards to Any Type of Transaction, Including Domestic Card Networks, Account-Based and Real-Time Payments SystemsVisa announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the token services and ticketing businesses, formerly Bell ID and Ecebs LTD, from Rambus, a premier silicon IP and chip provider dedicated to delivering data faster and safer. The combination of Visa’s network tokenization capabilities with the local and account tokenization technology of Rambus will facilitate safer, more secure payments across all forms of global commerce.“Going forward, we will apply these expanded capabilities, expertise and scale to help further all forms of global commerce.”Visa is one of the industry leaders in tokenization technology which replaces sensitive payment information with a unique identifier, or “token”, to make digital payments safer. Today, Visa offers these capabilities through Visa Token Service for card-based payments on the Visa network. Rambus’ token technology will enable Visa to extend the security and convenience of tokenization to all types of transactions beyond Visa cards, including those on domestic card networks, account-based and real-time payments systems.“Facilitating safer, more secure digital transactions is core to Visa’s brand promise and central to growing electronic payments for everyone, everywhere. As the way people and businesses pay and get paid continues to evolve, the addition of Rambus’ technology will allow us to deliver greater security beyond the card to support more transactions, payments systems and participants,” said TS Anil, SVP, global head of payment products and platforms, Visa. “Going forward, we will apply these expanded capabilities, expertise and scale to help further all forms of global commerce.”Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts MarketplaceTokenization has been one of the most effective ways of reducing fraud and securing card payments at the point-of-sale, online and for stored card credentials. Following the launch of Visa Token Service in 2014, Visa has made significant progress building and scaling tokenization for card-based payments – Visa has enabled 100 markets for tokenization providing this capability to 90 percent of Visa’s total payment volume, with more than 60 global token requestors recently added to the token platform.“Rambus Payments and Ticketing solutions are at the forefront of tokenization technology,” said Jerome Nadel, SVP/GM, payments and ticketing and CMO, Rambus. “Joining forces with Visa as a payments leader will allow the group to scale technology and capabilities to deliver new products and services to the market, while continuing to partner with existing customers.”Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional SubscribersBeyond tokenization, Rambus’ digital ticketing portfolio and expertise in transit complement Visa’s commitment to delivering global transit and mobility solutions to public transit operators, technology partners and cities around the world. Visa has nearly 250 transit projects underway around the world, helping millions of people get where they are going faster and easier than ever before. Visa will continue to support public transport operators, clients and partners to deliver new forms of acceptance and mobility solutions, helping improve the passenger experience for billions of journeys.Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora Listenerslast_img read more

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Near infrared spectroscopy technique for accurate evaluation of chondral injuries

first_imgAlthough no cure currently exists for osteoarthritis, early detection of cartilage lesions could enable halting the disease progression by pharmacological or surgical means. Conventionally, joint health is diagnosed based on patients’ symptoms, joint mobility and, if required, with x-ray and magnetic resonance imaging. Based on these examinations, joint repair surgery may be performed during arthroscopy. The decision on the optimal treatment option is made during the surgery, in which the joint health is evaluated visually and by palpating the cartilage surface with a metallic hook. These techniques are subjective and dependent on surgeons’ experience and can, therefore, influence the treatment outcome.An arthroscopic near infrared spectroscopic probe for evaluation of articular cartilage and subchondral bone structure and composition was developed as part of a PhD thesis at the University of Eastern Finland. The probe enables enhanced detection of cartilage injuries, as well as evaluation of the integrity of the surrounding tissue. The availability of comprehensive information on the health of joint tissues could substantially enhance the treatment outcome of arthroscopic intervention.Related StoriesNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsRaman Spectroscopy as a Universal Analytical Technique for Bodily FluidsBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryPreviously, the near infrared spectroscopy technique has been utilized in, for example, evaluation of grain quality, but its clinical applications are still rare. However, clinical application of the technique is now possible thanks to better availability of computational power along with state-of-the-art mathematical modeling methods, such as neural networks. With these methods, the relationship between the absorption of near infrared light and tissue properties can be determined. This enables reliable determination of articular cartilage stiffness and subchondral bone mineral density — changes in these tissue properties are prognostic indicators of osteoarthritis.Since near infrared spectroscopy is not optimal for imaging of tissues, arthroscopically applicable imaging techniques, such as optical coherence tomography and ultrasound imaging, were also used in the study. These techniques have been previously applied in intravascular imaging via specialized 1 mm diameter catheters, which are therefore well-suited for imaging narrow joint cavities. The study compared the reliability of these techniques for evaluation of chondral injuries with that of conventional arthroscopic evaluation. Source:http://www.uef.fi/-/accurate-evaluation-of-chondral-injuries-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy The novel arthroscopic probe in an equine knee joint in vivo with the probe tip in contact with cartilage surface (inset). Photographer: Jaakko Sarin Optical coherence tomography was superior to conventional arthroscopy and ultrasound imaging. In contrast to conventional arthroscopic evaluation, optical coherence tomography and ultrasound imaging provide information on inner structures of cartilage and enable, for example, detection of cartilage detachment from subchondral bone.”Researcher Jaakko Sarin from the University of Eastern Finland explains. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 19 2018Osteoarthritis is a disabling disease characterized by joint pain and restricted mobility, affecting especially the elderly. The disease generally progresses slowly, even over decades. Post-traumatic osteoarthritis, however, affects people of all ages and is initiated by joint trauma, for example, as a result of falling. The disease is most prevalent in articulating joints, such as the knee.last_img read more

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Getting closer to a scary postantibiotic world

first_img Source:https://www.usc.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 8 2019The products of wastewater treatment have been found to contain trace amounts of antibiotic resistant DNA. These products are often reintroduced to the environment and water supply, potentially resulting in the spread of antibiotic resistance. As such, researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have been studying the development of these potentially harmful and dangerous genes in wastewater treatment processes. Their findings, published in Environmental Science & Technology, indicate that even low concentrations of just a single type of antibiotic leads to resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics.”We’re quickly getting to a scary place that’s called a “post-antibiotic world,” where we can no longer fight infections with antibiotics anymore because microbes have adapted to be resilient against those antibiotics,” said Adam Smith, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at USC and lead investigator of the study. “Unfortunately, engineered water treatment systems end up being sort of a hot-bed for antibiotic resistance.”The majority of the antibiotics we consume are metabolized in our bodies. However, small amounts pass through us in our waste, which are then carried to wastewater treatment plants. At these plants, one of the common ways in which the wastewater is treated is with a membrane bioreactor, which uses both a filtration system and a biological process where microscopic bacteria consume waste products.While consuming the organic waste, the bacteria encounters the antibiotics and expresses resistance genes that reduce effectiveness of these medicines. These resistance genes can then be passed on from parent to daughter cell and between neighbors through a process known as horizontal gene transfer.As the bacteria eats, reproduces and grows, an excess is accumulated called biomass. A typical wastewater treatment plant produces tons of biomass every day. Once treated, it is disposed of in landfills or used as a fertilizer for agriculture and livestock feed crops.In an even more dire scenario, small amounts of antibiotic resistant bacteria and free-floating DNA make it through the filtration membrane and come out the other side of the treatment plant in what is called the effluent, or the water stream that leaves the facility. In Los Angeles, some of this will be dumped into the L.A. River and Pacific Ocean, while the rest is recycled for irrigation, car washes, firefighting, or to replenish groundwater supplied, a common source of drinking water.Related StoriesFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDNatural antibiotic made by Tübingen researchers interacts with human defense mechanismsResearchers investigate how antibiotic produced by the microbiome kills bacteriaThe team, also including Ali Zarei-Baygi, the study’s first-author and PhD student at USC, Moustapha Harb, postdoctoral scholar at USC, Philip Wang, PhD student at USC, and Lauren Stadler, assistant professor at Rice University, believe that the amount of antibiotic resistant organisms formed in treatment plants could be reduced through alterations in the treatment processes. For example, by employing oxygen free, or anaerobic, processes rather than aerobic processes, and by using membrane filtration.Accordingly, for their study, they used a small-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor and compared the resulting antibiotic resistance profiles in the biomass and effluent to each other and to the varying concentrations and types of antibiotics they introduced into the system.They discovered two key findings: the resistance in the biomass and effluent are different and therefore one cannot be used to predict the other; and the correlations they found between the added antibiotic and the resistance genes weren’t always clear cut. In fact, their results indicated multi-drug resistance in which bacteria had genes allowing for resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics.”The multi-drug resistance does seem to be the most alarming impact of this,” Smith said. “Regardless of the influent antibiotics, whether it’s just one or really low concentrations, there’s likely a lot of multi-drug resistance that’s spreading.”They believe this is due to the presence of gene elements called plasmids. One plasmid may carry resistance genes for several different types of antibiotics, resulting in positive correlations between one type of antibiotic and the resistance gene of another. This not only further complicates things, but can be extremely dangerous. Because of their extremely small size – 1,000 times smaller than bacteria – free-floating plasmids can easily make it through the filtration system in the treatment process and exit the plant in the effluent.The team is now looking more closely at the composition of the effluent and plans on applying what they learned to other waste streams, such as animal waste, through a partnership with the USDA.last_img read more

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Study finds link between depression in 20s linked to memory loss in

first_img Source:https://www.sussex.ac.uk/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 21 2019A new large-scale longitudinal study carried out by University of Sussex psychologists has found a clear link between episodes of depression and anxiety experienced by adults in their twenties, thirties and forties, with a decrease in memory function by the time they are in their fifties. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, is the first of its kind to look at the relationship between depressive symptoms experienced across three decades of early-mid adulthood and a decline in cognitive function in midlife.The Sussex psychologists analyzed data from the National Child Development Study, which was established in 1958 with a cohort of over 18,000 babies and followed participants from birth into childhood and through to adulthood. The Sussex psychologists found that an accumulation of symptoms experienced by participants over the three decades provided a strong indicator of a linear decrease in memory function by the time the adults were fifty.They found that one episode of depression or anxiety had little effect on the memory function of adults in midlife, regardless of which decade it was experienced, but that once the episodes increased to two or three over the course of the three decades, that this predicted a steady decrease in the participant’s memory function by the time they reached fifty.This, the psychologists from the EDGE Lab at the University of Sussex argue, highlights an opportunity to protect future memory function by promoting mental health interventions amongst young adults and they are calling on the UK government to invest in the mental health of young adults as a preventative measure to protect the future brain health of our aging population.Dr Darya Gaysina, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sussex said: “We found that the more episodes of depression people experience in their adulthood, the higher risk of cognitive impairment they have later in life. This finding highlights the importance of effective management of depression to prevent the development of recurrent mental health problems with long-term negative outcomes.Related StoriesScientists describe microbiome composition in patients suffering from IBD and PSCCPAP treatment for sleep apnea can improve depression symptomsTeens who can describe negative emotions are better protected against depression”We’d therefore like to see the government investing more in the mental health provision for young adults, not only for the immediate benefit of the patients, but also to help protect their future brain health.”As well as memory, the psychologists also assessed verbal fluency, information processing speed and accuracy scores of the participants once they turned fifty. Encouragingly, episodes of depression and anxiety had little impact on the latter four areas of cognitive function but the associated loss of memory suggests that depressive symptoms experienced in early adulthood could predict dementia in older adulthood.Previous research carried out by the EDGE lab at the University of Sussex had found a relationship between depressive symptoms experienced in older adulthood and a faster rate of cognitive decline, but this is the first time that such a large and UK nationally representative sample has been able to make this link in the first three decade of adulthood.University of Sussex Psychology PhD student Amber John said: “We knew from previous research that depressive symptoms experienced in mid adulthood to late adulthood can predict a decline in brain function in later life but we were surprised to see just how clearly persistent depressive symptoms across three decades of adulthood are an important predictor of poorer memory function in mid-life.”With the publication of this research, we’re calling for the government to invest in mental health provision to help stem the risk of repeated episodes of depression and anxiety. From an individual’s perspective, this research should be a wake up call to do what you can to protect your mental health, such as maintaining strong relationships with friends and family, taking up physical exercise or practicing mindfulness meditation – all of which have been shown to boost mental health. Then of course, seeing your GP for advice if you feel you need help with depression or anxiety.”last_img read more

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Cannabis use has increased and shifted from illicit market research reveals

first_imgWe set out to perform a wastewater-based analysis that explored the impact of newly legalized retail cannabis sales on its use, and to determine if this approach could estimate the size of the legal market place.”Dan Burgard, who chairs the chemistry department at Puget Sound Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 18 2019A new article published by researchers from University of Puget Sound and University of Washington reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014.Led by chemist Dan Burgard, the research team analyzed wastewater samples collected from 2013-2016 from two treatment plants that service a community of two hundred thousand in Western Washington. The researchers estimate that THC-COOH (the metabolite of psychoactive THC in cannabis created within the human body) found in wastewater has increased by 9% per quarter, on average, from December 2013 to December 2016. During this time, cannabis sales increased at nearly 70% per quarter, on average, for stores operating from August 2014 to December 2016.”Given that wastewater represents a total population measure, these findings suggest that many established users switched very quickly from the illegal to the legal market,” says Burgard. “This is the strongest statement possible regarding displacement of the illegal market.”Caleb Banta-Green, interim director and principal research scientist at University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is a co-author of the article and was a key researcher on the project.”This project was designed to aid the understanding of how the sales of adult recreational cannabis impact its total consumption within a population,” says Banta-Green. “We believe this will be a valuable tool for local, state, national and international policy makers as they assess and consider Washington’s recreational cannabis law.”Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyCMC expresses dismay at the findings of new report “Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis”Research sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairIn the past six years nine U.S. states (Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, and the District of Columbia), as well as the countries of Uruguay and recently Canada, have legalized the adult use of recreational cannabis.”Existing measures, particularly surveys are subject to important biases and limitations, including potential changes in self-report as social norms change as well as very limited information on the amount of THC actually consumed,” Banta-Green notes. “Wastewater based estimates help address these limitations.”The researchers note that their findings suggest that legalization is, in part, achieving one of its primary objectives which was to eliminate black market sales.Funded in part by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the research process included testing samples from 387 days spread over three years. The team utilized a new method that enables a complementary and potentially more timely and objective assessment of illicit drug consumption compared to existing measures.Raw wastewater samples representing a full day are collected at a treatment plant and analyzed for drugs and their metabolites at extremely low concentrations (part per billion or part per trillion levels). These data can be used to track drug consumption trends, both legal and illegal, but not individual users. In some instances, the concentration of the metabolites can be used to “back calculate” to the actual number of doses of drug used in a particular area.When this research project was announced in 2015 and throughout its duration it has earned national and international press from media like NPR Public Health, NPR Market Watch, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and The Seattle Times. Source:University of WashingtonJournal reference:Burgard, D.A. et al. (2019) Using wastewater‐based analysis to monitor the effects of legalized retail sales on cannabis consumption in Washington State, USA. Addiction. doi.org/10.1111/add.14641.last_img read more

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Bihar fears floods as heavy rains swell rivers

first_imgBihar fears floods as heavy rains swell riversAccording to a state disaster department official here on Saturday, the rising water levels of Koshi, Gandak, Budhi Gandak, Ganga and Bagmati rivers are causing panic among the people living near the banks.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service PatnaJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 17:17 IST PTI image used for representation.After drought-like situation till last week, Bihar now fears floods as the water levels of several rivers have been rising following heavy rains in the past six days.According to a state disaster department official here on Saturday, the rising water levels of Koshi, Gandak, Budhi Gandak, Ganga and Bagmati rivers are causing panic among the people living near the banks.According to reports, hundreds of people have fled or are fleeing their homes in Supaul, Muzaffarpur, East Champaran, West Champaran, Araria and Kishanganj districts.The Water Resources Department had issued a high alert in vulnerable districts, particularly bordering Nepal, said an official.North Bihar districts received a record rainfall during the last 24 hours with East Champaran reporting 214.92 mm rain, Sitamarhi 154.55 mm and Muzaffarpur 125.15 mm, said a Meteorological Department officials.In Motihari, district headquarters of East Champaran, incessant rainfall for the last four days caused waterlogging in the town. District Magistrate Raman Kumar had ordered the closing of schools and other educational institutions till July 15, district disaster officer Anil Kumar said.Schools have also been closed in Araria and Kishanganj districts in view of the threat of flood.Though the rising water levels have raised pressure on embankments at several places, officials claimed they were safe and there was no need to panic. The state government has alerted engineers concerned and asked them to keep 24-hour vigil.”All engineers have been directed to be ready with necessary equipment and boulders to face any situation and protect the embankments,” an official of Water Resource Department said.The government claimed that the eastern Kosi embankment, which was breached in 2008 causing a severe flood in five districts of northern Bihar, was safe. “The embankment has been strengthened and breach repair work completed,” said an official.In 2008, more than three million people were rendered homeless in Bihar when the Kosi river breached banks upstream in Nepal and changed course. It was said to be the worst flood in Bihar in the last 50 years.Also Read | Assam flood situation worsens, Army called inAlso Read | Floods affect 8 lakh in Assam, 10 dead across Northeast as rains lash region | 10 pointsAlso Watch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more

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